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Helen Wang

Helen Wang is a curator at the British Museum and an award-winning literary translator.

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Museum work and researchEdit

Wang joined the British Museum staff in 1991 as an assistant to Joe Cribb in the Asian section of the Department of Coins and Medals.[1] She became Curator of East Asian Money in 1993. Her work mostly relates to the collections for which she is responsible, collection history and development of the field, in particular East Asian numismatics, Silk Road Numismatics, Sir Aurel Stein and his collections, and textiles as money. She was joint Honorary Secretary of the Royal Numismatic Society from 2011-2016, and is an honorary member of the editorial board of Zhongguo Qianbi 《中国钱币》 (China Numismatics), the journal of the China Numismatic Society. She was elected as an individual member of the International Association for the Study of Silk Road Textiles (IASSRT) in 2016.[2] In 2017, she started a web-resource Chinese Money Matters.[3]

Literary translationsEdit

Wang's first published literary translations were in the early 1990s - short stories and essays by Yu Hua, Zhang Chengzhi, Ma Yuan, Du Ma and Zhang Langlang.[4] After a long break, she returned to translation in the 2010s, translating more short stories, essays and children's books.[5] She also works collaboratively with the China Fiction Book Club (with Nicky Harman), Paper Republic, Global Literature in Libraries. In 2016, she co-founded the group Chinese Books for Young Readers with Anna Gustafsson Chen and Minjie Chen. From 2012-2015 she was a Member of the Committee of the Translators Association. She was on the judging panel of the Writing Chinese Project's first and second Bai Meigui Chinese translation competitions.[6]

Awards and commendationsEdit

Selected publications (books, edited and co-edited volumes)Edit

  • Money on the Silk Road: The Evidence from Eastern Central Asia to c. AD 800, with a catalogue of the coins collected by Sir Aurel Stein (2004)[14]
  • Textiles as Money on the Silk Road (co-ed. with Valerie Hansen, 2013)[15]
  • Handbook to the Collections of Sir Aurel Stein in the UK (co-ed. with John Perkins, 2008)[16]
  • Sir Aurel Stein in The Times (ed., 2004)[17]
  • Sir Aurel Stein, Colleagues and Collections (ed., 2012)[18]
  • Catalogue of the Collections of Sir Aurel Stein in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (co-ed. with Eva Apor, 2007),[19] and its Supplement (co-ed. with Eva Apor, 2009)[20]
  • Textiles from Dunhuang in UK Collections (co-ed. with Zhao Feng and others, 2007)[21]
  • A Catalogue of the Japanese Coin Collection (pre-Meiji) at the British Museum, with special reference to Kutsuki Masatsuna (co-ed. with Shin'ichi Sakuraki, Peter Kornicki, with Nobuhisa Furuta, Timon Screech and Joe Cribb, 2010)[22]
  • Chairman Mao Badges: Symbols and Slogans of the Cultural Revolution (2008)[23]

Book-length translationsEdit

  • The Ventriloquist's Daughter, by Lin Man-Chiu (Balestier Press, 2017) 林满秋:《腹语师的女儿》
  • Bronze and Sunflower, by Cao Wenxuan (Walker Books, UK, 2015; Candlewick Press, USA, 2016) 曹文轩:青铜葵花》
  • Jackal and Wolf, by Shen Shixi (Egmont, UK, 2012) 沈石溪:《红豺》

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Helen Wang". British Museum. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  2. ^ 杭州大美. "NEWS - IASSRT". Iassrt.org. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Helen Wang - The British Museum - Academia.edu". Britishmuseum.academia.edu. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  4. ^ Published in Henry Y.H. Zhao (ed.), The Lost Boat: Avant-garde Fiction from China (Wellsweep Press, 1993); and Henry Y.H. Zhao and John Cayley (eds), Under-sky Underground (Wellsweep Press, London, 1994)
  5. ^ Abrahamsen, Eric. "Helen Wang". Paper Republic. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Competition - Writing Chinese". Writing Chinese. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  7. ^ User, Public. "Bronze and Sunflower wins the 2017 Marsh Award". Esu.org. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Shanghai recognises UK translator Wang's 'special contribution' to literature - The Bookseller". Thebookseller.com. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "2017 Finalists: young readers - Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  10. ^ NGILBERT (2 August 2012). "BFYA Nominations". Ala.org. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  11. ^ "Notable Children's Books of 2017". Nytimes.com. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "csmcl". Csmcl.org. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  13. ^ https://www.thebookseller.com/news/sixteen-books-awarded-english-pen-grants
  14. ^ "Money on the Silk Road". Oxbowbooks.com. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  15. ^ Wang, Helen. "Textiles as Money on the Silk Road?". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. 23 (2): 165–174. doi:10.1017/S135618631300014X. Retrieved 5 December 2017 – via Cambridge Core. 
  16. ^ "Handbook to the Stein collections in the UK". British Museum. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  17. ^ "Sir Aurel Stein in The Times - EAPGROUP - Saffron Books London - Titles & Ordering - Free Downloads - Ordering Info - Author Guidance - Titles A-Z - Authors A-Z". saffronbooks.com. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  18. ^ "Sir Aurel Stein, Colleagues and Collections". British Museum. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  19. ^ "Catalogue of the Collections of Sir Aurel Stein in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Comp. by John Falconer, Ágnes Kárteszi, Ágnes Kelecsényi, Lilla Russell-Smith. - Library - Hungaricana". Library.hungaricana.hu. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "Supplement to the Catalogue of the Collections of Sir Aurel Stein in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Comp. by John Falconer, Ágnes Kárteszi, Ágnes Kelecsényi, Lilla Russell-Smith. - Library - Hungaricana". Library.hungaricana.hu. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  21. ^ "Dunhuang textiles in the UK". British Museum. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  22. ^ "Catalogue of the Japanese coin collection at the British Museum". British Museum. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  23. ^ "Chairman Mao badges". British Museum. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 

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